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CSA 2017 Artists
Ann B. Coddington (artist's website)
My artwork borrows fiber techniques from the traditional craft of basketry to create a sculptural expression of my beliefs and experiences and how they are sensed by the body. I am intrigued by the differences between feeling and knowing, body and mind. Ineffable memories held by the body are more potent, penetrating, and enduring than those in the mind. My forms are actuated by this somatic memory in conjunction with an investigation of the dichotomies: eternal and ephemeral, strength and fragility, masculine and feminine, free and captive, old and young, living and dead. As the world becomes increasingly technological, my work moves in the opposite direction to the point where now I tie two pieces of string together, bend some sticks, form plaster in my hands, and mold clay. Reducing art-making down to the most elemental means of expression, the simplest creative task challenges and satisfies me. Much of my current artwork pushes back against the world of increasingly complex technologies that, paradoxically, in an effort to connect us, instead separates and isolates us, removing us from authentic experience. The slow building of one stitch upon another exists within an ancient time frame, virtually un-experienced in the contemporary, digital society. My art is my voice, more than my words and in my work, feeling overshadows knowing.
EKAH (artist's website)
My name is EKAH, also known as Steampunk Grub, a goggles-wearing grub. I'm interested in exploring the surreal, the absurd, the nonsensical, and the beautiful through images in all media and tell a story in the process. Some of the tools I use include brushes, pens, pencils, pixels, 3D polygons, and motion. I hope to combine my knowledge of various fields and tools to develop and create works using unique process and visuals.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in New York City. I studied Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City and Paris, with background in fine arts foundation. After college, I worked as a graphic designer and art director for advertising agencies in New York City. My interest in 3D/CG led me to eventually working in broadcast animation and video games. I have worked with clients such as Jim Henson Productions and Mattel Interactive. I have since lived in France, San Francisco Bay Area, Orlando, and Montreal, Canada. I currently live in Champaign-Urbana area in Central Illinois with the most supportive spouse and two cats.
Daniel Hadley (artist's website)
I'm a Champaign, IL based photographer interested in exploring the natural processes that shape landscapes. Born and raised in northern Illinois, I studied geology and art at Augustana College. Following my undergraduate degree, I traveled extensively throughout Arizona, Utah, Colorado, California, and Oregon, before moving back to the Midwest. My background includes working as a professional geologist, which allows me to document the seldom seen places I have had the privilege of studying.
I learned the basics of photography on an old Minolta XG-M 35mm film camera and the fundamentals of black & white printing in my high school and college darkrooms. These techniques still inform my photographic process today. I still favor the black & white image and tend to photograph simple landscapes that emphasize the basic elements of line, pattern, texture, or form. By eliminating color, or focusing on one of these elements, the viewer is left with a heightened awareness in which to contemplate the image at its most fundamental.
Kelly Hieronymous (artist's website)
I am fascinated with the world from above and captivated by the fields, rivers, and roads that surround the Central Illinois area. From the sky each field is unique, the patterns being created by the machinery farmers use to plant and plow their fields. The details of each field are further shaped by the crops used that year and the years before. These independent actions result in unintentional beauty when viewed from above. I begin with a natural color and an extreme color, allowing the two colors to come together and determine what comes next. The third dictates the fourth and so on. The final color combinations are a result of many layers reacting with one another. The carved lines provide a physical barrier between colors and bring a third dimension to my paintings. In real life, they represent the roads, creeks, and property lines that divide the fields of Central Illinois. I hope that people take away from this work that there is an unrecognized beauty in every detail of the land around us. Our ground-based lives restrict us from seeing this unique perspective. I hope that my work inspires others to explore the world from a new vantage point and find beauty in what they see.I am fascinated with the world from above and captivated by the fields, rivers, and roads that surround the Central Illinois area. From the sky each field is unique, the patterns being created by the machinery farmers use to plant and plow their fields. The details of each field are further shaped by the crops used that year and the years before. These independent actions result in unintentional beauty when viewed from above.
Megan Hinds (artist's website)
My art draws inspiration from the interaction between insects and animals and their ecosystems. This inspiration often comes from talking with friends, swimming in the ocean, hiking in local parks, and doing online research. With the knowledge gained from these sources, I create my view of their worlds. Such as becoming a bee in their hive, I see both the inner workings of the community, all the spaces in between, and how they interact with that habitat.
With these complex visualizations in my mind, my fascination with three dimensional print pieces has inspired my current creativity. As I continue to study the complexities of the ecosystems of my subject matter, I have been compelled to have my art reflect those details by utilizing layering. The 3-D effect provides the viewer with an opportunity for exploration and discovery. The outer layers invoke camouflage and chaotic movement. As the layers recede, the focal point of the piece becomes more organized and focused. These pieces are offering a picture of line, movement, and texture integrated in such a way as to display both uniformity and chaos, continuity and community.
The process of printmaking connects closely with how I enjoy working. Each precise step needed for preparing a print parallels my desire to create patterns and texture. Being intimately involved in each step of the printmaking process allows me to give complete attention to detail. I take advantage of the variable print and truly stretch the usage of each matrix. Changing the color, paper, and orientation, I create a large number of works to use to physically assemble homogeneous three dimensional pieces.
Tedra Ashley-Wannemuehler (artist's website)
I have been a bookbinder for nearly 20 years. A summer job learning book repair in the conservation department of the main library at Indiana University in 1991 led to a career I never could have imagined. I learned the majority of my craft at the Lincoln Bookbindery in Urbana, Illinois where I have worked since 1997. We have a very diverse clientele who are looking for everything from basic, sewn, hardcover bindings to custom-made boxes to hold and protect rare books. I created my website (fineblankbooks.com) to provide a more artistic outlet and I am fortunate to have found customers around the world who contact me in search of highly customized bindings for everything from guest books to journals to family histories to rebindings of commemorative editions of published works. Recently, I have started to incorporate some of my forged metal work into my book covers. I strive to produce high-quality, handmade books that are made to last and are a pleasure to use.
Gary Beaumont (artist's website)
For me ceramic art is magical … taking earth materials, combining them in unique ways, and creating something artistic.
Ceramics speaks directly to what it means to be human. I often think about early people sitting around a fire, discovering how heat made clay turn hard, and then shaping this clay into useful containers. Most importantly, they made their pots interesting to look at by adding color and texture.
My goal is similar … To carefully craft pieces, so that when people see them they say, “Wow. I’ve never seen anything like this.” In this way, my art offers people in this “fast food” culture a reason to stop and notice how something looks and feels … Something that conveys a sense of the spirit of humanity.
Sarah Gillespie (artist's website)
I grew up in rural southern Illinois on a family-owned farm. I feel a strong connection to the land. My family and I are devoted to good land stewardship, implementing conservation practices and restoring natural communities on our land, as well as greatly enjoying the outdoors. I work between two worlds, art and science. My interest in the natural world led me to obtain a minor in biology while my creative energy and artistic talents propelled me toward a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at Eastern Illinois University Charleston and a Master of Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As a multifaceted artist, I am engaged in utilizing different mediums and visual expressions. My most recent artistic research examines the changes to native ecosystems caused by invasive exotic plants species. So look for me in my studio creating but also out in a prairie at home helping with a prescribed burn or in a woods someplace examining bryophytes and spring wildflowers.
Jill Miller (artist's website)
I use melted wax to draw my designs onto fabric. When placed in the dye bath the waxed areas resist the dye except where the hardened wax has cracked, producing the crackled, spider web effect which is characteristic of batik. The waxing and dyeing can be repeated as many times as necessary to achieve multiple colors and more varied designs. All of my batiks are tub-dyed, immersed completely in dye, then boiled repeatedly to remove all of the waxy residue in order to render the fabric soft and wearable. I batik material to sew into pillows, scarves, wall hangings and skirts, and also use clothing blanks as my canvas.